Job Posting

Hazard Mitigation Planner

Company / Agency

Michael Baker Intl

Position Closes

Fri, January 19th 2018

Experience Level

Mid 2 (4-8 Years)



Job Description

Planner II - Hazard Mitigation Specialist - (171966) 

Job Type

: Full-Time Exempt

Primary Location

: US-CO-Lakewood



Michael Baker International is looking for someone to join our team with experience in hazard mitigation and local community planning and perform in a leadership role for our Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) client.  FEMA's Community Engagement and Risk Communication contract includes collaboration with state, local, and tribal entities to increase the public’s risk awareness, drive action to reduce risk, and help communities become more resilient when confronting natural disasters.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with a national network of risk communications, community outreach, partnership building, hazard mitigation, and engineering experts to tackle multiple hazards, including flood, tsunami, earthquake and wildfire. The ideal candidate will also support our state and municipal planning projects.
Responsibilities include:
- Collaborate with internal team members and FEMA to establish program vision, goals, and implementation stratgies throughout the 6-states that make up FEMA Region VIII, and contribute on national projects as required. Provide thought leadership and problem solving to FEMA to provide innovative strategies and solutions for programmatic needs. 
- Track progress against established goals and proactively recommend modifications to project approaches that enhance products and client service. 
- Facilitate team meetings and implement project management best practices consistently. 
- Work closely with federal, state and local governments to promote the implementation of hazard mitigation actions that reduce vulnerability to flood and other natural hazards.  
- Review hazard mitigation plans and assess plan deficiencies to determine mitigation planning technical assistance and training needs, as well as conduct activities that promote the implementation of mitigation actions.  
- Provide planning and community engagement support in a variety of FEMA community meetings, where multi-hazard mapping products and risk assessment tools are updated to accurately show multi-hazard risk based on existing and future development.   
- Conduct mitigation planning training (in person and via webinar).
- Assist with the development of scopes of work for projects, including project descriptions, budgets, and schedules.
- Provide input to National hazard mitigation projects in coordination with other Regions and Michael Baker staff.
- Provide support to special projects.
Additional duties will include 
- Support local planning projets, initially in a meeting support and public-facing role for a variety of plan types (Community Engagement, Resilience, Comprehensive).  Also support research and plan report creation tasks.  
- Development of Local Hazard Mitigation Plans for clients, and perform other mitigation planning and outreach/communications related to flood risk and multi-hazard risk assessment projects. 
Support other emergency management projects.  
- Four-year degree in Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or related discipline 
- 5-10 years related experience 
- American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) desired but not mandatory
- Microsoft Office suite
- Preparation of and/or review of FEMA Multi-Hazard Mitigation plans
- Meeting planning and public presentation
- Local government comprehensive planning experience 
- Graphical rederings or graphical arts
- Experience in hazard resiliency, climate change or floodplain management 
- Knowledge of hazard mitigation actions that reduce flood risk in communities
- Grant management/development and benefit-cost analysis
- Experience with FEMA hazard mitigation programs, like the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) and other components of Risk MAP. 
- Involvement in post-disaster recovery planning.


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